ON-Lion Letter
In July, the Center for Religious Freedom (CRF) at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., released a 90-page report, 2008 Update:  Saudi Arabia's Curriculum of Intolerance, comparing the 2007-08 textbooks that are currently posted on the website of the Saudi Ministry of Education with those analyzed in a 2006 CRF study.  The 2008 update shows that the same violent and intolerant teachings against other religious believers noted in 2006 remain in the current texts.
The texts assert that unbelievers, such as Christians, Jews, and Muslims who do not share Wahhabi beliefs and practices, are hated "enemies," according to the report, which was prepared in consultation with the Institute for Gulf Affairs in D.C.  Global jihad as an "effort to wage war against the unbelievers" is also promoted in the Ministry’s textbooks.  "In its general usage," the texts say, "'jihad' is divided into the following categories: …  Wrestling with the infidels by calling them to the faith and battling against them."  No argument is made that such references to jihad mean only spiritual and defensive struggles.

Lessons that Jews and Christians are apes and swine remain, as do ones that Jews conspire to "gain sole control over the world," the Christian Crusades never ended, the American universities of Cairo and Beirut are part of the continuing Crusades, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion are historical fact, and on Judgment Day, "the rocks or the trees" will call out to Muslims to kill the Jews.

They also teach that it is permissible for a Muslim to kill an "apostate," an "adulterer," and those practicing "major polytheism."  Shiites are among those identified as "polytheists."  One lesson states that "it is not permissible to violate the blood, property, or honor of the unbeliever who makes a compact with the Muslims," but is pointedly silent on whether security guarantees are extended to non-Muslims without such a compact.  Other lessons demonize members of the Baha'i and Ahmadiyya groups.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports CRF.
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